Middle School Trips
During the Spring, each grade takes a cultural trip. The sixth and seventh grades spend three days and two nights in Galveston and Texas Hill Country respectively, while the eighth grade spends four days and three nights in Washington D.C.
The sixth grade spring trip focuses on both team-building activities and the history of the Jewish community in Galveston. All students spend the first day of the trip completing a high and low ropes course and other team-building activities. The next day, students depart EWS for an overnight trip. Highlights include the Lone Star Flight Museum, a meeting with Rabbi Marshal Klaven at Congregation B’nai Israel, Moody Gardens, the Texas Seaport Museum, and a marine biology tour of Galveston Bay.
The seventh grade spring trip is a study of Texas history. Students first travel from school to Washington-on-the-Brazos and conclude their journey at the San Antonio Missions. Other points of interest include the State Capitol Building, Enchanted Rock, Natural Bridge Caverns, Texas Military Forces Museum, Bob Bullock Museum, two of the oldest synagogues in Texas, and the campus of The University of Texas. Prior to the trip, students research the rich history of our state and give formal presentations.
The eighth grade travels to Washington D.C. for a non-stop three-and-a-half days of touring, learning, and fun. Students visit many of the museums, monuments, and memorials that our Nation’s capital has to offer. Students prepare for this highlight of eighth grade by teaching each other about the places they will visit. Highlights include the Smithsonian Museum, Arlington Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, and the US National Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Upper School Trips
During the spring, students take a five-day, four-night trip to one of three distinct destinations: freshmen visit the Deep South on a civil rights journey; sophomores fly to San Francisco to learn about social action; and juniors discover the history of America's immigrants in New York City. Students visit museums, historical sites, and places of local interest.
Civil Rights Journey: This incredible journey across the Deep South begins in its heart, Atlanta, Georgia. Students travel through four states to delve into southern culture and tradition, and most importantly, they discover the depths of the African American struggle for civil rights.
Tolerance: One of the most compact and diverse cities in the country, San Francisco proves to be the ultimate study in tolerance and social action. During this trip, tenth graders learn the importance of understanding and respecting cultural differences. From experiencing a poetry slam at UC Berkeley, to exploring Haight-Ashbury, to discovering Chinatown, students gain an appreciation for a wide variety of perspectives and people.
Immigration: The eleventh grade trip allows students to discover the mind-blowing cultural diversity New York City has to offer. New York has been and continues to be the conduit for hundreds of thousands of immigrants into the United States. Students experience the remarkable journeys of these immigrants, both past and present, from Ellis Island to modern-day Chinatown.
Seniors participate in an internship during this week.